More registered to vote

Friday, October 8, 2010

Early voting starts Monday for the state and federal elections next month and at least 224 people have registered to vote in Marshall County since registration closed for the August elections.

Early voting will be available during regular business hours at Election Commission headquarters in the Hardison Office Annex on College Street and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Oct. 28, a Thursday.

There were 17,224 Marshall County residents who were registered to vote in the August election, according to Sarah Murphy's reading of public records Wednesday at the election office where she's a temporary part-time employee. There are now 17,448 people registered to vote here in the Nov. 2 election.

At stake are:

* The governor's office with Bill Haslam facing Mike McWherter (Gov. Phil Bredesen can't run again.);

* The 6th District Congressional seat with Diane Black who faces Brett Carter (U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon is retiring);

* A state Senate seat with Debbie Matthews challenging Bill Ketron; and,

* A state House seat with Billy Spivey and Ted Roop challenging Eddie Bass.

The last day to register to vote was Monday. Requests for an absentee ballot are accepted through Oct. 26.